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A positive outlook

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We’re delighted that so many of you are happy with the service we provide for you.

As a growing business, we’re always looking for new work and opportunities. If you know of anyone who’d like to meet a friendly commercial lawyer, please let us know.

Remember too that we cover the whole range of legal services so please do bear us in mind for your own business, whatever legal support you’re looking for. Please click here for a reminder of what we do, and/or here to request a call back.

We’re excited to be helping clients with their Brexit preparations. If this is something you or your connections would like to know more about, please contact Paul.

Next month we’ll be sharing some great news about some soon-to-arrive team members. In the meantime, we’re looking for a corporate secretary to support our busy team. If you know of anyone who’d like to make a move in the right direction, please let them know (the details are here).

Media spotlight

Here’s a look at where the HRC Law team have featured over the summer:

  • With the recent consultation into tackling non-compliance with off-payroll working rules, otherwise known as IR35, in the private sector, Recruitment Agency Now contacted partner, Simon Whitehead for his insights. Click here to read what Simon had to say.
  • Simon has also been busy speaking to People Management. Click here to read his article on why age should matter to those working in HR.
  • People Management has also caught up with Solicitor, Heena Kapadi, about how employers can help minimise stress for their team. Read Heena’s advice here.
  • You may have already seen the news that we’ve strengthened our team with the appointment of Paul Kirkpatrick as a partner in our commercial dispute resolution department. News of his appointment has spread far and wide across the Law Society Gazette here, Entirely Law here, Business Manchester here, BQ Live here, Business Up North here, Business Desk here and North West Insider here.
  • Alongside the rise of bloggers, retailers have seen an increase in shoppers buying clothes, wearing once, taking a picture for social media and returning the items. But what are the legalities of this practice? Associate, Graham Hansen, spoke to i News here.
  • Our commercial property department recently advised on the latest lease in growing creative space Tanzaro House, which has seen popular fitness and lifestyle brand Gym King move in. You can read more on this story on Business Desk here, Business Manchester here, Entirely Property here and North West Insider here.
  • We also advised on childcare provider, Kids Planet’s latest acquisition of Harrison Day Nursery School in Wirral. Details on the deal can be found on North West Insider here.

Shining a light on employment and related issues

We’ve still got some places left on our forthcoming business protection seminars. At less than £30 per ticket for early bird bookings, it’s well-worth getting in early:

  • Wednesday, 5 September 2018: Employee Engagement. Retaining talent is crucial and keeping staff engaged is key to this. We’ll look at ways to do so. Please click here to book.
  • Wednesday, 3 October 2018: How to avoid unfair dismissal claims. Always a popular topic and for good reason. We’ll look at common pitfalls and explain how to avoid them. Please click here to book
  • Wednesday, 14 November 2018, GDPR, 6 months on. Please click here to book.

Independent Retail Manchester

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 6pm start.

In collaboration with the British Independent Retailers Association (bira), HRC Law is hosting an event for Manchester’s independent retailers.

Following last year’s inaugural event at which a number of the city’s independent shops gathered to share their challenges and opportunities with Councillor Pat Karney, this event aims to re-launch – with additional support, renewed focus and an opportunity for attendees to network.

Please spread the word to your favourite independent retailers or contact Stephen at E: stephenmcgonigle@hrclaw.co.uk to reserve your place.

Highlighting our recent articles

If you’ve signed up to a specialist area on our mailing list, you won’t receive everything by email. It’s all on our website though, and below is a round-up of recent publications in case any you’ve missed catch your eye.

In our Hot Response to Current employment news feature, we’ve looked at:

The right to disconnect in France;
The perils of mismatched footwear;
Why it’s not strawberries and cream for everyone;
The price of misusing personal data; and (is it really only a few months since the dream so abruptly ended?);
The world cup hangover.

For those who own or manage properties, Sarah’s article on Japanese Knotweed, here, is a must-read.

And, lest you missed our recent email and social media campaign, please do remember that we can help with any Brexit related issues too. Our first Brexit article is here. We’ll spell out specific ways we can support you and your sector, and point out key issues to watch out for over the coming months.

Dispute resolution team at HRC Law

Disputes Managed

Paul and Sarah are here to help you to avoid and resolve your commercial disputes

You can’t please all of the people all of the time, so sometimes you may disagree with your suppliers, customers, clients or business partners.

Our team can give you, and/or your business, training and support on dispute management to minimise and mitigate the risk of commercial disputes escalating.

For those which continue to rumble on (for whatever reason), we can support you at every level of the process – from preliminary advice through to litigation or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

If you and another business have fallen out over any of these issues – agency (under Commercial Agency Regulations and generally); breach of contract; debt recovery; distributorship ; supply of goods and services; product liability; warranty or indemnity claims; or professional negligence – and you’d like our advice on how to deal with this, please get in touch with Paul or Sarah.

Handing over cheque

A helping hand (and a BIG cheque)

Each year the firm’s staff vote to decide on which charity the firm will support.

In 2017/2018 we raised £1,603.45 for Wood Street Mission. Thanks to all of you whose generosity helped us to achieve this.

In 2018/2019 we will be raising money for The Mustard Tree. It’s fantastic to be able to help such worthy causes and we appreciate all you do to help us – whether that’s attending our charity nights, donating prizes or sponsoring our team in their sporting endeavours.

Talking charity, a huge congratulations to Employment Solicitor, Heena, who was recently appointed Charities Director for Manchester Young Solicitors Group.

We hope you and your business have had a brilliant summer. Let the sunshine continue!